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Broken Things

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  4,441 ratings  ·  867 reviews
It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by HarperCollins
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
Well, I did indeed finish this with record breaking Lauren Oliver speed. While I did have the murderer figured out by page 25 (this could be chalked up to simply reading too many mysteries) and it felt slightly bloated, overall this was a compulsive, can't put it down type of book that I think many readers will enjoy. I'm going to think on this one a bit more before writing my full review, but I'll go ahead and post trigger warnings below.

CW: Murder of children, graphic violence, pedophilia, mur
apart from her ‘delirium’ series (which i adored), lauren olivers books have been a hit or miss for me. however, i was really looking forward to reading this because this is the first time ive read any sort of mystery story by LO and i couldnt wait to see how she did.

overall, i wasnt too disappointed with this, but it didnt excite me as much as i wanted it to, either. true to her style, the writing in this is wonderful. its the kind of prose that makes you want to read the entire book in one sit
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
🤔 What really happened to Summer 😵 ? Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks her best friends did it... they didn't.

Broken Things was definitely an engaging read, unfortunately it was also quite predictable. The story begins on the 5th anniversary of Summer's brutal murder. We know that her best friends, Mia and Brynn, didn't do it. Yet, each girl holds pieces of the puzzle, secrets they have never shared with anyone.

Mia and Brynn haven't spoken since they were a
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend.

I chased her down and cracked her over the head with a rock. Then I dragged her body out of the woods and into a field and arranged it in the center of a circle of stones I’d placed there with my other friend, Mia. Then we knifed her twice in the throat, and five times in the chest. Mia was planning to douse her body with
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Actual rating: 3.5

Thank you Harper Collins for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Trigger Warning: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm and violence.

The moment I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. Mystery has never been one of my usual genres but I figured this one was definitely worth a try.

The way the first chapter started hooked me in immediately. I was intrigued by the plot and excited to start guessing who the real murderer was. The story was
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
4.5 stars for me. I found Broken Things to be a unique book-slightly disturbing but a good read.
Main characters Brynn, Mia and Owen were all accused of a horrific crime when they were younger-the killing of their friend Summer. Summer was left in a field and stabbed multiple times. There wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone but the three remained ostracized from the local community.
Fast forward 5 years later and these now teens set out to clear their names and find out the truth of what hap
Alana • thebookishchick
Let's just get this out of the way first, the cover of this book is actual HAIR GOALS, and I would be 100% lying if I told you that wasn't what caught my attention first. The second reason I was drawn to this was because it reminded me of the Slender Man stabbing case where two best friends lured another friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbed her an attempt to impress the fictional Slender Man and left her to die. Luckily, the real-life story does have a happy ending and does not end with ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars.

For the most part, mystery novels, whether they be YA or adult, have always left me entertained with their stories. I've read my fair share of good mysteries as well as bad ones. And unfortunately, Broken Things is one of the bad ones. Not bad that I hated the story, but bad in that I was expecting more but didn't get much.

Broken Things takes inspiration from the Slenderman Stabbing that happened a few years back. The main characters, Mia and Brynn are the town pariahs. Five years ago, t
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
"Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane… we were just girls."


Broken Things is a standalone YA thriller with multiple perspective. Five years after their best friend was murdered, people still believe Brynn and Mia were the ones who did it, even though the cops couldn’t prove it. The three girls were obssessed with a fantasy novel called The Way Into Lovelorn and it turns out Summer was killed in a similar way to a Lovelorn ritual. Now, they are trying to get by, but th
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The problem with fairy tales isn’t that they don’t exist. It’s that they do exist, but only for some people.

This was an interesting read. Lauren Oliver managed to blend fantasy into mystery in a unique way.

This is a story about three girls who were obsessed with a little-known fantasy novel called The Way into Lovelorn. In the book, there is a fantasy world that the characters find. For Summer, Brynn & Mia, that world is all too real. The girls think they found it in the woods. One day, S
Liz Barnsley
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a dark beauty to Lauren Oliver's writing that gets me every time- Broken Things is a melancholy, beautifully plotted tale of friendship and murder.

An obsession with a book that had no ending leads 3 friends down a dangerous path. One dies, the others are assumed guilty, years later they come together once more to try and discover the truth..

I love the way the author digs deep into her characters, peeling back the layers with huge insight. The mystery elements are clever and emotional, f
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 stars.

I really thought the whole time that this would be five stars for me. The ending/big reveal, though, is so lackluster that I basically had to fight from the moment it became obvious what was going to happen to push through the remainder of the book.

I've been on a mystery/thriller kick and WHY does it seem that so many people write 4/5 of a book, put all the character's names in a hat, pull out the person who will now become the murderer, and write the ending. Twists are great. I love
That ending!! Wow. I have the impression that I held my breath for the second half of the book, and that I can finally breathe. Wow.

Many thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my early copy! ❤
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018

I mean it wasn't bad but I just expected so much more. I didn't really care for most of the characters and I think I really didn't like that this somehow turned into a love story??
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

* you all know I’m trash for thrillers/murder-mysteries, so it was virtually impossible from the get go for me to not like this lolol
* this book toyed with my mind SO much - I kept asking myself whether there was indeed something supernatural happening or was I losing my mind
* and honestly, what better way is there for you to know a book is good: “is it making me question my life, sanity and choices? yes. PERFECT, I’M SOLD”
* huge props to Lauren Oliver for crafting this so beautifully,
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again Oliver manages to create something unlike anything else that I've ever experienced. A flawless blend of fantasy mixed with realism, with just the right amount of mystery thrown in that will leave readers turning the pages and guessing what will happen next.

With characters that are flawed, imperfect, and most of the time, not very lovable but still manage to capture you interest by being both intriguing and fascinating.

Truly a book fans will love and those looking for something both un
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Mar 14, 2018 marked it as zzzzz
Shelves: coverporn
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC! This will be published October 2nd!

CW: murder of a child, homophobia, outing, drug use, rehab, and delusions

One genre I want to read more of is YA mystery. There are so many good books coming out this year that makes me want to give it more of a try. This is one that I received through Edelweiss.

Years ago, Mia and Brynn were best friends with Summer, all of them obsessed with a book called Lovelorn. They were so obsessed th
I read to 45% and then skipped to 85% and read to the end.

This seemed to have everything I could have wanted, but sadly I was disappointed.

Mia and Brynn sounded exactly the same. I had to pay attention to the things in their surroundings to remember who was who and even then it wasn’t super apparent at times—especially with the past and present flip flopping. The best part of this story was Abby. I loved her snark and style.

Plot wise, I was boooooooored. The “mystery” lacked tension and even
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I absolutely loved this
The Library Ladies
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
(originally reviewed at )

I want to say thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this novel!

Horrorpalooza has officially begun!!! As you all know, the month of October is where I try to do all horror/upsetting thriller, all the time, and kicking off with the new Lauren Oliver is a great way to begin! Lauren Oliver has written some pretty stellar YA novels in multiple genres, but I think that her mind bending thrillers are her best. I especially liked the book
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I admit, there are very few Lauren Oliver books I don't like. I always find her stories to be addicting and I don't hate her characters (which is a real struggle).

I thoroughly enjoyed this and I can't wait for another Lauren Oliver novel (that isn't sci-fi because fuck that.)

Also it was a not so pleasant reminder that middle school girls are pretty much monsters and I'm really glad I don't have to deal with them anymore.

Patty (IheartYA)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Not impressed. I've read a couple other books of Oliver's and was hoo-hum about those too. Nothing special, bland, basic. Could have passed on this one. Was waiting for suspense but it flopped.
Adah Udechukwu
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Broken Things is a bit good. It started well. The first page had me hooked but the last 5 chapters was underwhelming.
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
As a longtime fan of Lauren Oliver, I was very excited for her latest thriller, Broken Things. This book is very mysterious as it blends fantasy and reality. The main characters are realistic, and the writing style is so suspenseful. This is the perfect read to curl up with this fall.

Full review on The Candid Cover
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hachette
The nonlinear narrative accompanies Mia and Brynn, known as The Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, as they investigate potential suspects in the ritualistic death of their friend Summer. Summer Marks is a foster child, her mother a substance abuser, her only possession a novel acquired from her maternal mother. The Way Into Lovelorn is a fantasy novel written by Georgia Wells and despite being published, the novel is incomplete. A point of contention for Summer, inspired to create her own The Way
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
I could not put this book down! I stayed up all night reading this, not caring that I would suffer when I got up for work. That is how compulsive Lauren Oliver's writing is.

"On a night like tonight all silvery and still, with nothing but a cratered moon and the trees knotted together as though for warmth and comfort, it's easy to believe that monsters exist."

This book endures alternated perspectives in the form of Brynn and Mia; two girls who were accused of murdering their best friend when t
Hmm. I just don't know how to feel about this one.

I enjoyed the hazy fantasy vs reality boundary at play in BROKEN THINGS and some of the twists and uncertainties but I just don't know how I feel about the unravelling of said mystery. I did appreciate the greyish cast of the murdered friend and how the two who remained were so torn up about how they felt about her. How she was far from perfect, how they hated and loved her, and all those messy feelings.

But yeah, I just don't know. I may around
andrea caro
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Yeah, I got too much stuff on my TBR to read to spend any more time on a book filled with graphic animal torture/death, challenged homophobic comments, and unchallenged fatphobic comments. Also, apparently there's pedophilia so I wish I never wasted my time trying. This is my first Lauren Oliver and I'm so annoyed that it's probably my last.
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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica ...more
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